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7 High Court Judges Transferred: Another Reshuffle In Higher Judiciary

The transfer of the second set of High Court Judges has taken place for the second time since the last week. The Ministry and Collegium hold a firm belief to take this significant step

By: Disha Rani, Mody University, Sikar, Rajasthan 

Union Law and Justice Minister, Shri Kiren Rijiju, stated along with his ministry and tweeted: “In exercise of the power conferred under Constitution of India, President Ram Nath Kovind, in consultation with Chief Justice of India N.V. Ramana, is pleased to transfer seven Judges in different High Courts of the country.”

The transfer of seven Judges to different High Courts of the country was approved and notified by the Central Government on Monday, October 11, 2021. The recommendations were transferred by the Supreme Court Collegium, led by Chief Justice N.V. Ramana, to the Central Government last month, dated September 17, 2021.  

Timeline:

  • On September 17, 2021,  the Collegium sent over 100 recommendations for appointments, transfers, and re-transfers in various High Courts to the Central Government for approval.
  • On October 5, 2021, the Centre had notified about the transfer of 15 High Court Judges from 11 High Courts. 
  • On October 9, the Centre had acquainted about the appointment of new Chief Justices for 13 High Courts by way of transfer of elevation, where eight judges got elevated as Chief Justices, and five transferred to High Court. 

The tremendous step towards the reshuffle was orchestrated by the Supreme Court Collegium led by Chief Justice N.V. Ramana. Moreover, the shuffle took place triply in the last ten days. 

Chief Justice Ramana has emphasized that his Collegium is on the warpath to fill up the long-pending vacancies in the High Courts and urged the Central Government to work together with the judiciary to decide the recommendations. 

One being asked, Law and Justice Minister Kiren Rijiju told TOI that his ministry has been clearing all files of appointments “in record time,” and both the SC collegium and the Government are “on the same page” on filling up pending vacancies.

List of  13 High Court Judges that were shuffled on October 9, 2021:

  1. Justice Ranjit V. More appointed as Chief Justice of Meghalaya High Court 
  2. Chief Justice Satish Chandra Sharma from Karnataka High Court to the Chief Justice of Telangana High Court
  3. Justice Prakash Srivastava of Madhya Pradesh High Court to the Chief Justice of Calcutta High Court 
  4. Chief Justice R.V. Malimath of Himachal Pradesh High Court to the Chief Justice of Madhya Pradesh High Court
  5. Justice Ritu Raj Awasthi appointed as Chief Justice of Karnataka High Court
  6. Chief Justice Prashant Kumar Mishra of Chhattisgarh High Court to the Chief Justice of Andhra Pradesh High Court
  7. Justice Aravind Kumar appointed as the Chief Justice of the Gujarat High Court
  8. Chief Justice Indrajit Mahanty from Rajasthan High Court to Tripura Chief Justice
  9. Chief Justice Mohammad Rafiq of Madhya Pradesh to the Chief Justice of Himachal Pradesh High Court
  10. Chief Justice Biswanath Somadder from Meghalaya High Court to the Chief Justice of Sikkim High Court
  11. Chief Justice A.K. Goswami from Andhra Pradesh High Court to the Chief Justice of Chhattisgarh High Court
  12. Chief Justice A.A. Kureshi from Tripura High Court to the Rajasthan High Court
  13. Chief Justice Rajesh Bindal from Calcutta High Court to Chief Justice of Allahabad High Court

List of judges reshuffled on October 11, 2021:

  1. Justice Rajan Gupta from Punjab and Haryana HC to Patna HC 
  2. Justice T.S. Sivagnanam from Madras HC to Calcutta HC 
  3. Justice Sureshwar Thakur from Himachal Pradesh HC to Punjab & Haryana HC 
  4. Justice P.B. Bajanthri from Karnataka HC to Patna HC 
  5. Justice Sanjeev Prakash Sharma from Rajasthan HC to Patna HC 
  6. Justice T. Amarnath Goud from Telangana HC to Tripura HC 
  7. Justice Subhash Chand from Allahabad HC to Jharkhand HC

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